At The Existentialist Cafe: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails (Hardback)Sarah Bakewell (author)
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Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 744 g
Dimensions: 222 x 162 x 41 mm
"My book of the year is Sarah Bakewell's At The Existentialist Cafe, a marvellously rich and evocative journey through one of the most powerful philosophical movements of the twentieth century... This graceful book speaks to our parochial and inward-looking age." -- Sudhir Hazareesingh * Times Literary Supplement, Book of the Year *
"A wonderfully readable combination of biography, philosophy, history, cultural analysis and personal reflection." -- John Walsh * Independent *
"At the Existentialist Cafe takes us back to...when philosophers and philosophy itself were sexy, glamorous, outrageous; when sensuality and erudition were entwined... [Bakewell] shows how fascinating were some of the existentialists' ideas and how fascinating, often frightful, were their lives. Vivid, humorous anecdotes are interwoven with a lucid and unpatronising exposition of their complex philosophy... Tender, incisive and fair." -- Jane O'Grady * Daily Telegraph *
"Quirky, funny, clear and passionate...Few writers are as good as Bakewell at explaining complicated ideas in a way that makes them easy to understand." -- Craig Brown * Mail on Sunday *
"Packed with out-of-the-way knowledge and has a cast of weird characters such as only a gathering of philosophers could supply." -- John Carey * The Sunday Times *
"[Bakewell] writes well, with a lightness of touch and a very Anglo-Saxon sense of humour... Bakewell is a skilful and nuanced teacher. Her explanation of the mysteries of phenomenology, clear and succinct, is as brilliant as any I've heard in a French university classroom... Fascinating insights." -- Andrew Hussey * Observer *
"A riveting narrative." -- Caroline Sanderson * The Bookseller *
"A book that is a kind of collaboration between [Bakewell's] exhilarated younger self and the more measured, adult writer she has become... A work that is both warm and intellectually rigorous... Bakewell has not written a textbook - but anyone looking for one on phenomenology and existentialism would be advised to read this instead. She has a knack for crystallising key ideas by identifying choice original quotations and combining them with her own words... Her book is a clearing in a dense philosophical thicket few of us have the ability or inclination to navigate alone." -- Julian Baggini * The Financial Times *
"A surprisingly sparkling book... Interesting and amusing... Pleasant and entertaining." -- Philip Hensher * The Spectator *
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